The Princess Diaries Mass Market Paperback – Jun 14 2001
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Mia Thermopolis is your average urban ninth grader. Even though she lives in Greenwich Village with a single mom who is a semifamous painter, Mia still puts on her Doc Martens one at a time, and the most exciting things she ever dreams about are smacking lips with sexy senior Josh Richter, "six feet of unadulterated hotness," and passing Algebra I. Then Mia's dad comes to town, and drops a major bomb. Turns out he's not just a European politician as he's always lead her to believe, but actually the prince of a small country! And Mia, his only heir, is now considered the crown princess of Genovia! She doesn't even know how to begin to cope: "I am so NOT a princess.... You never saw anyone who looked less like a princess than I do. I mean, I have really bad hair... and... a really big mouth and no breasts and feet that look like skis." And if this news wasn't bad enough, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, the paparazzi is showing up at school, and she's in a huge fight with her best friend, Lilly. How much more can this reluctant Cinderella handle?
Offbeat Mia will automatically win the heart of every teenage girl who's ever just wanted to fit in with as little fuss as possible. Debut author Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining, with tons of pop culture references that will make teens feel right at home within her pages. This is a wonderfully wacky read. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
A teenager living in modern-day Greenwich Village in New York City discovers that she is now the heir apparent to the throne in a European country, in this novel, soon to be a motion picture starring Julie Andrews. Ages 12-up.
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I am amazed this book is in print. Everything but the content is aimed for young girls. It has a few positive messages, but even then contradicts itself later on. I had to read this book to see if it and the movie were acceptable for my little cousin. She almost didn't get to see the movie.
Mia is conatantly complaining. I believe it was in effort to make her sound younger. Which is rather insulting when you think about it. Mia is also sort of dumb. It isn't exactly hard to figure out that maybe there is a deeper reason as to why people are treating her different. The charectors were very cookie cutter and sort of reminded me of The Real World, the TV show that is, all nationalities and stereotypes were accounted for by the end of the novel.
Then, there is the fact that her being a princess is just a plot device. The real story revolves around how if you change your looks the most popular guy in school will fall for you, but of course he'll be a totall jerk and you'll find out that your guy friend has been in love with you forever and you like him, too. How cliched can you get?!
The content is acceptable for YA readers, but they would be better off reading the Gossip Girls series. It is simular, but with a better plot and charectors.
I think that this book should be read by all girls everywhere. It is so easy to relate to, and it's really comical! Mia has all the problems of an average teenage girl, and realizing she is a princess does NOT make those problems any better. In fact, they became a whole lot worse! Meg Cabot is so realistic when she describes Mia's situation-at-hand. Mia does NOT want to be a princess and she does NOT want everyone at school to know that she's a princess, either. As if THAT'S ever going to happen! To make matters worse, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, Mr. Frank Gianini. Algebra just happens to be the class that Mia has a big, fat F in! How is Mia ever going to survive her freshman year at high school let alone the rest of her royal life?
Meg Cabot wrote this book in the form of a diary. I think that this makes it a lot easier to understand Mia's point of view and how she really feels about the whole situation.Read more ›
While reading The Princess Diaries, I think that Mia is kind of a drama queen. She blows things way out of proportion. Like when she found out that she was going to get princess lessons from her grandmother every day after school. "Like, people always talk about how God doesn't ever give you more than you can handle, but I'm telling you right now, I cannot handle this. This is just too much! I cannot go to Princess lessons every day after school" (Cabot, 103). She needs to relax!
The title of this book means that the book is written like a diary. Mia, the princess of Genovia, is the main character of this book. She takes three to four diary entries a day. "She [Mia's mother] tells me she wants me to write down my feelings in this book [the diary], since, she says, I [Mia] obviously don't feel I can talk about them with her" (Cabot, 1).
Meg Cabot, the author of this book, gave me another new idea of a new writing technique that I could use. Instead of telling about the setting and characters at the beginning of the book, she tells little details of them throughout the whole book. I like that because you're not rushed to tell everything at once. "She [Mia's mother] can't go out with some guy she met at D'Agostinos or wherever. Oh, no. She has to go out with my Algebra teacher" (Cabot, 27).Read more ›
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I have all the princess diary books! They are great! Mia has to deal with stuff everyone goes through like: being picked on by the cheer leaders, having no breasts a parents... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Jenn
I really enjoyed this book. After seeing the Princess Diaries movie, I thought I should read the book. It was not like the movie, but in a pleasant way. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Adele
Great book. Finally there is a good princess book. It is a long read but worth it, so very much worth it. Mia is a normal girl who has no clue she is heir to the Genovian throne. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
The entire Princess Diaries is fabulous. I read these books in a day or a day and a half, and I am not a big reader. I just got the 5th one and am in the middle of readng it. Read morePublished on May 24 2004
I thought this book was very good. It's funny and entertaining enough that you always want to keep reading! Read morePublished on May 19 2004
After seeing the movie, The Princess Diaries, and hearing that they were based on a book i right away went out and bought the books. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Allison
I enjoyed the book The Princess Diaries because it was very intresting and fun to read. I starting the Princess in the Spotlight and I hope it's as good as the Princess Diaries. Read morePublished on May 7 2004
The Princess Diaries, written by Meg Cabot, is about a girl named Mia Thermopolis who lives in New York City with her mother. Read morePublished on April 21 2004